MS in Biological Sciences

Mission and Goals - Statements of mission and learning outcomes

Program Description - Objectives, Graduation Requirements

Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Program and Qualifying Exam Guide additional information about the program and qualifying exam (pdf)

A Guide To Graduate Studies: Policies, Procedures, and Format  has been developed to provide you with important information that will facilitate your progress to the master's degree. It includes an overview of rules, regulations, and policies, helpful information and hints about how to quickly progress through your graduate program, and information necessary for the preparation and submission of the final copy of your thesis or terminal project. It is essential that all students review this document carefully.

Funding opportunities for graduate students

CSU Chico Office of Graduate Studies


Graduate Research Progress Form  Submit every semester to graduate coordinator
Master's Degree Program Plan - Form to be signed by thesis committee during first semester.


  • Current graduate students
  • List of faculty and their research -- Please note that part of the application process involves contacting potential biology faculty research mentors either by e-mail or phone. You should discuss possible thesis projects with your prospective mentor. If the professor has space and is willing to accept you into his/her research group, ask him/her to notify the graduate coordinator that you would become a member of his/her research group if accepted into the program.

Graduate Student and Faculty Responsibilities - Checklist and forms

Facilities & Resources

  • Vina Plains TNC Preserve
  • Electron Microscopy Facilities
  • Molecular Biology
  • Herbarium
  • BCEP

Teaching Assistantships - Information

Past Masters Theses - Titles of past theses

For more information contact:

Dr. Christopher Ivey, Graduate Coordinator
Department of Biology
California State University
Chico, CA 95929-0515